Workshops

Apr 23 2019 to Apr 30 2019

Building Soft Circuits & Sensors

Join us to learn the basics of sewing with conductive thread, how to build a circuit, and the tools and techniques you can use to start building interactive projects with soft sensors! 

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May 4 2019 to May 11 2019

Intro to Arduino for Artists

Discover Arduino and how to use it for creative projects with electronics. Whether you are interested in robotics, sound, light art, or just plain old tinkering, this workshop by Rob Cruickshank is a great place to start developing your artistic ideas.

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May 14 2019 to May 21 2019

Let's Move it with Motors!

Want to learn how to use motors in your art practice? Join us to explore the fundamental concepts of AC and DC and the mechanics associated with motors.

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May 28 2019

Caffeinated Robots: Combining JavaScript and Robots

Explore the world of JavaScript and what it can do. Learn how to combine Node.js, Johnny-five, and Arduino to create a morse code machine! 

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Jun 1 2019 to Jun 15 2019

Intro to Projection Mapping with TouchDesigner

Join us for an introduction to the TouchDesigner interface to learn standard techniques of projection mapping to turn objects and spaces into display surfaces for video projection.

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Jun 4 2019 to Jun 11 2019

Building Interactivity: An Introduction to Unity and Biosignals

Learn how to use the game engine Unity to construct an interactive digital experience with real-time biofeedback from the user.

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Jun 22 2019 to Jun 26 2019

Touch, Sound, Pulse: DIY Vibrotactile Systems

Artists have been using “Vibrotactility” to combine visual, audio, and tactile elements into a highly sensorial art practice. Join us for an introduction to building your own wearable and handheld vibrotactile system!

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Jun 25 2019 to Jul 2 2019

Slime Mold as Capacitive Storytelling

Slime mold is a beautiful living monoculture. Due to its tendency to grow in the pattern of nodes and branches, new media bio-artists have been using it as a medium to represent everything from the functionality of the Internet to diaspora migration patterns of the human race.

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Jun 29 2019

Build your own experimental noise synthesizer

In this hands on workshop, you will learn how to build your own experimental noise synthesizer - the Fort Processor! All the necessary components in kit format will be provided, as well as guidance to build your device from scratch. 

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Jul 6 2019 to Jul 20 2019

PUFF! Create Inflatable Forms

Are you interested in experimenting with the inflated form? Join us for a three-session masterclass taught by renowned installation artist Marcia Huyer and learn how to create your own large-scale inflatable sculpture from scratch. The workshop will finish with a collaborative outdoors presentation. 

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Oct 5 - 12, 2017

Biomedia: Caring for Home-Grown Cultures

Learn to make biological media at home and start growing cultures of attractive and intelligent slime mold (a.k.a Physarum Polycephalum). Sarah Choukah will introduce slime mold's amazing potential for collaboration at the intersection of art, science and technology. Participants will learn how to transform their kitchens and closets in safe, mini Physarum biolabs. They will leave the workshop with a feeding and growing kit, as well as their own new pet slime mold.

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Sep 23 - 30, 2017

Objective Functions: Creating Images with Neural Networks

How are advances in artificial intelligence changing aesthetics? What are new kinds of images we can create today, that we could never create before?  In this two-part workshop we will study neural networks, and how algorithms originally designed to allow computers to recognize the objects in photographs have been repurposed to instead create new images.

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Sep 19 - 26, 2017

TouchDesigner Introductory Workshop

TouchDesigner is a visual development platform for making interactive 3D art, multi-screen interactive experiences, museum exhibits, data visualizations, architectural projections, live visual performances, and more. For everyone who wants to get a fast track start on working with TouchDesigner, this workshop will provide a good basis to gain an initial understanding on workflow, concepts and techniques while equipping attendees with the knowledge to start creating interactive / generative setups. While the first day will focus on interface and general concepts, the second date will focus on creating an interactive, video based sound generator.

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Jul 25, 2017

Atari Punk Console

Make your own DIY sound synthesizer! Learn about the 555 chip, practice your soldering and circuit building skills, and make some old school sounds with the Atari Punk Console!

The APC is a simple noisemaker circuit that is famous for its simplicity, elegance, and endless permutations. We’ll provide you with all the components and tools necessary to build this legendary gizmo, and we’ll guide you through the build and help you understand how electronic circuits work. 

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Jul 15, 2017

Making Virtual Instruments with foci + loci

Join foci + loci for this year's Vector Festival workshop, where participants will be guided through their creative process using the game software LittleBigPlanet for the Sony Playstation 3. Working collaboratively, workshop participants will learn how to use the various tools and assets within the game to create their own audio visual instruments and prepare them for live performance. 

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Jul 4, 2017

Pocket Sized Radio Transmitter for Installation and Performance

Get started with radio art by learning how to make a battery powered radio transmitter for use in sound installations and performances. Simplify installations with wireless connectivity, or experiment with the sounds of radio interference. 

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Jun 20, 2017

Intro to 3D Printing for Artists

Learn how to use 3D printers safely and creatively in this introductory workshop. Amir Far will introduce some of the powerful capabilities of 3D printing for art making contexts, and give guidance on proper usage and maintenance of 3D printers. Students will learn prepare 3D models to be printed using Cura, and then learn how to set up, use, and clean the 3D printer.

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Jun 17, 2017

Sensing Installations: Interfacing Processing with Arduino

Learn how to create coded animations and video effects that respond to their environments using two ubiquitous and open source coding tools: Processing and Arduino. Tess Sutherland will demonstrate the powerful capabilities of interfacing Arduino and Processing in a variety of examples of interactive art. By the end of the session students will use inputs and outputs to create tangible interactivity in their projects, and leave this workshop with the ability to create a tangible output from their code as well as use real-world inputs to drive their work.

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Jun 10, 2017

Sonic Geography

Join sound artist and sonic adventurer Dan Tapper for an exploration into sound and place. The workshop will focus on delving into the often-overlooked sounds of the world around us through sound walking and field recording exercises.  These exercises and recordings will inform the development of unique and bespoke digital systems and performance instruments allowing participants to perform and manipulate real world sounds through psycho geography, maps and interactive interfaces.

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